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How Haas' common sense faltered to F1’s letter of the law

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How Haas' common sense faltered to F1’s letter of the law
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Jul 22, 2020, 3:34 PM

The controversial strategy call to pit both Haas cars on the Hungarian Grand Prix formation lap evoked memories of an often-cited piece of F1 folklore, but the penalty it later drew comes as a warning that such magic moments could be wiped out in future.

Formula 1 fans remember the name Markus Winkelhock. And with good reason.

At the 2007 European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, the German driver made his only F1 start in a race that featured catastrophic rain - as evidenced by the cars flying off the road in the early stages. But he also made history by leading the race for his Spyker squad, and did so because of a pitstop call to change tyres on the formation lap.

Thirteen years ago, Winkelhock was swapping slick rubber for intermediates. Last weekend at the Hungaroring, the two Haas drivers - Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean - took slicks after initially lining up on extreme wet tyres and inters respectively.

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Series Formula 1
Event Hungarian GP
Teams Haas F1 Team
Author Alex Kalinauckas